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Westminster Bridge

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Westminster Bridge showing a bridge and heritage architecture

Visit this historic bridge, which spans the River Thames and connects Westminster on the north side to Lambeth on the south side.

Westminster Bridge is one of the oldest bridges spanning London’s River Thames. Walk across the bridge and admire picturesque views of London and see the iconic South Bank Lion.

Constructed in 1862, the Westminster Bridge is one of the oldest of many bridges spanning the River Thames. This site’s first bridge was built in 1738 during the reign of King George II. This original bridge was said to sway frequently and began sinking within the first decade after its construction. View the current bridge stretching 827 feet (252 meters) long and consisting of seven arches.

Notice the bridge’s color, a reference to the green leather seats in the House of Commons, located nearby on the bridge’s Westminster side. The wrought iron detail of the bridge was created by Charles Barry, the same architect who designed the Parliament building.

As you walk across the bridge, admire the views of the parliament building. Looking upstream, you can also see the Lambeth Bridge, colored red to match the seats in the House of Lords. Downstream, spot the Hungerford rail bridge and the London Eye’s rotating capsules.

Try to stop here at night, when the scene is particularly enchanting with many of the surrounding landmarks illuminated against the dark sky. The view was memorably described by William Wordsworth in his sonnet Upon Westminster Bridge.

Don’t miss the South Bank Lion on the southwest corner of the bridge. Designed by William F. Woodington in 1837, the lion is one of three once guarding the entrance to the Old Lion Brewery. Weighing 14 tons (13 tonnes), the lion is made with a ceramic stone called coade, which is known for being extremely durable. When the brewery was demolished in 1949, the lion was moved to Waterloo Station and to this spot on the bridge in 1966.

The Westminster Bridge connects the Palace of Westminster on the north side of the river with County Hall on the south side. To walk across it, take the Tube to Westminster station, which will bring you close to the north bank of the Thames. There is no fee to access the bridge.

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The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is $147 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus, and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...
4/5Very Good! (3,162 reviews)
"From start to finish the hotel staff could not do have done any more for us.The location is good for central London. The food we had was was excellent.The hotel was spotless. I would recommend The Strand Palace to anyone."

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is $175 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London ...
4.2/5Excellent! (3,561 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay. Everything felt very clean and fresh. Had an amazing view of Houses of Parliament and London Eye. Bed was huge and comfortable. Staff were super friendly. Would def recommend. Great location for south bank and exploring London."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

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Corinthia London
Corinthia London
5 out of 5
Whitehall Place, London, England
The price is $681 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Horse Guard's Building, Trafalgar Square, and National Gallery. London Eye and ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (812 reviews)
"Just one word. Excellent."

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

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DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is $110 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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4 out of 5
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The price is $175 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is $147 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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5 out of 5
Whitehall Place, London, England
The price is $681 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
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4 out of 5
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The price is $177 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall
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5 out of 5
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The price is $328 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
8 Northumberland Ave, (adjacent to Trafalgar Square), London, England
The price is $164 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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